Tom Vanderbilt

Tom Vanderbilt is author of Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do, now available in paperback. He is contributing editor to Artforum, Print, and I.D.; contributing writer to Design Observer; and has written for many publications, including Wired, the Wilson Quarterly, the New York Times Magazine, and the London Review of Books. He blogs at and lives in Brooklyn, N.Y. You can follow him on Twitter at

Sept. 8 2014 11:30 PMYour Call Is Important to UsThe history and psychology of hold music.
March 12 2013 7:19 AMThe Lock PickersThe strange things that happen at a lock-picking convention.
Jan. 7 2013 5:45 AMThe Best Bike-Sharing Program in the United StatesHow D.C., of all places, made it happen.
Aug. 14 2012 11:45 AMThe Single Most Important Object in the Global EconomyThe pallet.
May 14 2012 6:26 PMHello? A Visual History of the Phone.
April 13 2012 6:30 AMLearning To WalkHow America can start walking again.
April 11 2012 6:45 AMSidewalk ScienceThe peculiar habits of the pedestrian, explained.
March 31 2012 12:10 AMEmpty SpacesCan parking lots be great?
Oct. 12 2011 3:19 PMGo Slow To Go Fast
Why highways move more swiftly when you force cars to crawl along at 55 mph.
July 18 2011 3:30 PMPostcards of Mushroom Clouds
July 15 2011 5:26 PMCarmageddon ChallengeCan Los Angeles cyclists beat a plane from Burbank to Long Beach? How my idle tweet spawned an epic transportation showdown.
May 29 2011 1:07 AMThe Case for Working With Your HandsJoe Nocella designs buildings by day and bikes by night.
April 4 2011 7:07 AMTwafficWill Twitter—and tweets about traffic—change the way we drive?
Feb. 9 2011 4:06 PMYou're Parking WrongWhy it's almost always better to back into a space than pull into it head-on.
Jan. 12 2011 4:19 PMStreetcars vs. MonorailsThe future of urban transportation looks a lot like the past.
March 13 2013 12:00 AMThe Lock PickersWhy we’ll never make an unpickable lock.
March 11 2013 12:00 AMThe Lock PickersVictorian England made the strongest locks in the world—until an American showed up and promised he could pick them.
Sept. 24 2012 3:44 AMPop ArtThe brilliant redesign of the soda can tab.
May 15 2012 6:15 AMHello?A visual history of the telephone.
April 27 2012 6:33 AMSneaking Into Pantone HQHow color forecasters really decide which hue will be the new black.
April 12 2012 6:15 AMWhat’s Your Walk Score?The company that puts a number on walkability.
April 10 2012 6:28 AMThe Crisis in American WalkingHow we got off the pedestrian path.
Jan. 19 2012 1:48 PMWhat’s the Best Way To Get Users To Embrace Mass Transit?Make it pleasant? Or make it efficient?
Aug. 1 2011 6:53 AMDon't Turn Left!         A new kind of intersection eliminates dangerous, time-wasting left turns.
July 16 2011 8:01 PMCarmageddon Challenge: The Bikes Won!How a team of cyclists—and a guy on the subway, and a Rollerblader—beat a Jet Blue flight from Burbank to Long Beach.
July 13 2011 7:35 AMWish You Were—Boom!Postcards from the age of atomic tourism.
May 18 2011 10:15 AMLittle. Yellow. Dangerous."Children at Play" signs imperil our kids.
Feb. 25 2011 10:44 AMThe Ethics of Winter Dibs ParkingIf you shovel your car out of a snowdrift, does that give you the right to reserve the space for days?
Jan. 26 2011 7:08 AMThe Most Stressful Job on the Planet?For bus drivers, streets are crowded. Passengers are cranky. And there's always the chance you might get punched.
Dec. 23 2010 2:58 PMSan Francisco: The Embarcadero Freeway




Don’t Worry, Obama Isn’t Sending U.S. Troops to Fight ISIS

But the next president might. 

The Extraordinary Amicus Brief That Attempts to Explain the Wu-Tang Clan to the Supreme Court Justices

Amazon Is Officially a Gadget Company. Here Are Its Six New Devices.

The Human Need to Find Connections in Everything

It’s the source of creativity and delusions. It can harm us more than it helps us.

How Much Should You Loathe NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell?

Here are the facts.

Altered State

The Plight of the Pre-Legalization Marijuana Offender

What should happen to weed users and dealers busted before the stuff was legal?

Surprise! The Women Hired to Fix the NFL Think the NFL Is Just Great.

You Shouldn’t Spank Anyone but Your Consensual Sex Partner

Sept. 17 2014 5:10 PM The Most Awkward Scenario in Which a Man Can Hold a Door for a Woman
  News & Politics
Altered State
Sept. 17 2014 11:51 PM The Plight of the Pre-Legalization Marijuana Offender What should happen to weed users and dealers busted before the stuff was legal?
Business Insider
Sept. 17 2014 1:36 PM Nate Silver Versus Princeton Professor: Who Has the Right Models?
Sept. 17 2014 6:53 PM LGBTQ Luminaries Honored With MacArthur “Genius” Fellowships
  Double X
The XX Factor
Sept. 17 2014 6:14 PM Today in Gender Gaps: Biking
  Slate Plus
Slate Fare
Sept. 17 2014 9:37 AM Is Slate Too Liberal?  A members-only open thread.
Brow Beat
Sept. 17 2014 8:25 PM A New Song and Music Video From Angel Olsen, Indie’s Next Big Thing
Future Tense
Sept. 17 2014 9:00 PM Amazon Is Now a Gadget Company
  Health & Science
Medical Examiner
Sept. 17 2014 11:48 PM Spanking Is Great for Sex Which is why it’s grotesque for parenting.
Sports Nut
Sept. 17 2014 3:51 PM NFL Jerk Watch: Roger Goodell How much should you loathe the pro football commissioner?